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Pros
"I have been in contact with technical support and they are not bad.""The performance is good.""The main functionality of identifying item endpoints that weren't properly patched or had vulnerabilities is the solution's most valuable feature.""It is good and fits well with pretty much all of our use case needs.""You can bring in and get online to do reports fairly quickly,""I liked the dashboard on it. I could customize my dashboard with different widgets and different heat maps.""The most valuable feature is the site scanning, where we can provide a complete subnet and what it is we need to scan on those devices.""The discovery and prioritization of vulnerabilities."

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"With the Tenable Nessus enterprise edition, you have unlimited licenses to scan the device.""The solution is great for scanning servers.""Tenable Nessus has a good performance, is very user-friendly, and is easy to use.""Out of the box, the product works well for us, so it's not a tool that we need to customize very much.""The most valuable features are that it's fast, it's easy to use and it provides good reports.""The trial version is very good for testing whether it will suit your needs.""Scanners and reports using CIS templates ("de-facto" standard, easy to fix and to locate correction tips at documentation), tests against cloud providers, database profiles, several types of telecom devices, and others highly customizable scans.""The plug-in text information is quite useful."

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Cons
"All products have room for increased security and Rapid7 InsightVM is no exception.""Reporting could be expanded.""The product does not have the capability to do dynamic scanning of non-web applications.""There are end-user needs and expectations that are being overlooked in the development that could be addressed by appointing a customer advisory board.""There needs to be much clearer instructions surrounding scanning.""The integration with other solutions like JIRA could be better. Perhaps there could be some additional updates in the next phase that could integrate with it, so then you can proceed with the VT much easier.""It would be nice to have an additional feature that would provide reports on who has logged onto the console or who did what on the console.""Some difficulties with the online reporting and lack of integrations."

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"We'd like to see more integration potential within the solution.""The solution could improve by having better integration with different vendors' IPS solutions. The ACLs and IPS policies signatures should be enabled based on the results of Tenable Nessus automatically, we currently have to do it manually which is very time-consuming. It has done a good job integrating with Fortinet but we would like it to be better integrated with other solutions that we have.""The professional version is not very scalable.""The price could be more reasonable. I used the free Nessus version in my lab with which you can only scan 16 IP addresses. If I wanted to put it in the lab in my network at work, and I'm doing a test project that has over 30 nodes in it, I can't use the free version of Nessus to scan it because there are only 16 IP addresses. I can't get an accurate scan. The biggest thing with all the cybersecurity tools out there nowadays, especially in 2020, is that there's a rush to get a lot of skilled cybersecurity analysts out there. Some of these companies need to realize that a lot of us are working from home and doing proof of concepts, and some of them don't even offer trials, or you get a trial and it is only 16 IP addresses. I can't really do anything with it past 16. I'm either guessing or I'm doing double work to do my scans. Let's say there was a license for 50 users or 50 IP addresses. I would spend about 200 bucks for that license to accomplish my job. This is the biggest complaint I have as of right now with all cybersecurity tools, including Rapid7, out there, especially if I'm in a company that is trying to build its cybersecurity program. How am I going to tell my boss, who has no real budget of what he needs to build his cybersecurity program, to go spend over $100,000 for a tool he has never seen, whereas, it would pack the punch if I could say, "Let me spend 200 bucks for a 50 user IP address license of this product, do a proof of concept to scan 50 nodes, and provide the reason for why we need it." I've been a director, and now I'm an ISO. When I was a director, I had a budget for an IT department, so I know how budgets work. As an ISO, the only thing that's missing from my C-level is I don't have to deal with employees and budgets, but I have everything else. It's hard for me to build the program and say, "Hey, I need these tools." If I can't get a trial, I would scratch that off the list and find something else. I'm trying to set up Tenable.io to do external PCI scans. The documentation says to put in your IP addresses or your external IP addresses. However, if the IP address is not routable, then it says that you have to use an internal agent to scan. This means that you set up a Nessus agent internally and scan, which makes sense. However, it doesn't work because when you use the plugin and tell it that it is a PCI external, it says, "You cannot use an internal agent to scan external." The documentation needs to be a little bit more clear about that. It needs to say if you're using the PCI external plugin, all IP addresses must be external and routable. It should tell the person who's setting it up, "Wait a minute. If you have an MPLS network and you're in a multi-tenant environment and the people who hold the network schema only provide you with the IP addresses just for your tenant, then you are not going to know what the actual true IP address that Tenable needs to do a PCI scan." I've been working on Tenable.io to set up PCI scans for the last ten days. I have been going back and forth to the network thinking I need this or that only to find out that I'm teaching their team, "Hey, you know what, guys? I need you to look past your MPLS network. I need you to go to the edge's edge. Here's who you need to ask to give me the whitelist to allow here." I had the blurb that says the plugin for external PCI must be reachable, and you cannot use an internal agent. I could have cut a few days because I thought I had it, but then when I ran it, it said that you can't run it this way. I wasted a few hours in a day. In terms of new features, it doesn't require new features. It is a tool that has been out there for years. It is used in the cybersecurity community. It has got the CV database in it, and there are other plugins that you could pass through. It has got APIs you can attach to it. They can just improve the database and continue adding to the database and the plugins to make sure those don't have false positives. If you're a restaurant and you focus on fried chicken, you have no business doing hamburgers.""Some things in the user interface could be better. The user interface could allow more adjustments to plugins. The price could also be better.""The reports are okay, but the interface is a bit difficult to navigate in some cases.""The features are limited when it comes to scanning network devices for vulnerabilities.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say its reporting portion."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Our licensing costs are somewhere around $40,000 annually. There are no additional fees."
  • "The licensing is asset-based and very straightforward."
  • "Its price is too high. My only concern or issue with Rapid7 is its pricing."
  • "Comparing the price with the value that we receive, I am not happy with it."
  • "The license is annual and this is the optimal approach when it comes to most software."
  • "In some cases, we procure the licenses. In some cases, the customers directly buy the license from Rapid7."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis."
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  • "Nowadays, your vulnerability applications are going to be kind of pricey because lots of them, including Rapid7, are based upon a base price, but then they add in the nodes. That's where they get you. If you're a big network, obviously, you need to scan everything. Therefore, it's going to be costly. The risk and insurance money associated with having ransomware on my networks is going to cost me more money, time, and marketing than the price of the tool. That's why I'm speaking only as an information security officer to security operations. This is the tool that is there in my toolbox to say whether we vulnerable or not. At this point, I don't care about how much it costs my company to have it because if I wasn't able to report it and we got ransomware, then who cares? I'm probably going to be out of business because it happened. That's why I don't care about the price. I have it, and I could use it effectively and do my report. At the end of the day, even if we get ransomware, as long as I reported it, followed my protocol, and put in the change, irrespective of whether it was ignored or denied, I did my job."
  • "We pay approximately $2,500 on a yearly basis."
  • "We have a subscription, the licensing fees are paid yearly, and I am using the latest version."
  • "We incurred a single cost for a perpetual license, although I cannot comment on the price as this is above my management level."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "In general, it is extremely expensive."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "One problem with Tenable is its pricing policy. Optimal results can be achieved with Greenbone Solutions which has much more friendly pricing policies."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
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    InsightVM - better functions on granting users different access to different asset groups. 


    It fits better for our company and is slightly cheaper.

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    You have full visibility across cloud, network, virtual, and containerized infrastructures with Rapid7 Insight VM. You can easily prioritize vulnerabilities using attacker analytics. Overall, Rapid7… more »
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    The solution is good because it has a lot of options.
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    The license could be a little bit cheaper. For all these features, you would expect to pay a little bit lower but around the same general price. Licenses are paid yearly. For some customers, we pay… more »
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    Tenable Nessus is a vulnerability assessment solution that is both easy to deploy and easy to manage. The design of the program is such that if a company should desire to handle the installation… more »
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    The trial version is very good for testing whether it will suit your needs.
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    Overview

    Rapid7 InsightVM is the vulnerability assessment tool built for the modern web. InsightVM combines complete ecosystem visibility, an unparalleled understanding of the attacker mindset, and the agility of SecOps so you can act before impact.

    Nessus Professional is the industry’s most widely deployed assessment solution for identifying the vulnerabilities, configuration issues, and malware that attackers use to penetrate your, or your customer's network. With the broadest coverage, the latest intelligence, rapid updates, and an easy-to-use interface, Nessus offers an effective and comprehensive vulnerability scanning package for one low cost.

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    Sample Customers
    ACS, Acosta, AllianceData, amazon.com, biogen idec, CBRE, CATERPILLAR, Deloitte, COACH, GameStop, IBM
    Bitbrains, Tesla, Just Eat, Crosskey Banking Solutions, Covenant Health, Youngstown State University
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Insurance Company14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Financial Services Firm17%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Security Firm13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise29%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Rapid7 InsightVM is ranked 2nd in Vulnerability Management with 18 reviews while Tenable Nessus is ranked 1st in Vulnerability Management with 24 reviews. Rapid7 InsightVM is rated 7.8, while Tenable Nessus is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Rapid7 InsightVM writes "Broad capabilities make this scanning solution able to cover a lot of ground". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tenable Nessus writes "Easy to use, good support, and gives full reports of what's vulnerable per device". Rapid7 InsightVM is most compared with Qualys VM, Tenable SC, Tenable.io Vulnerability Management, Microsoft Intune and Rapid7 Metasploit, whereas Tenable Nessus is most compared with Qualys VM, Tenable.io Vulnerability Management, Tenable SC, Rapid7 Metasploit and Microsoft Intune. See our Rapid7 InsightVM vs. Tenable Nessus report.

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